Introduction by Michael Matt
“Rome will lose the Faith and become seat of the Antichrist.” These foreboding words form the most controversial part of the message of Our Lady of La Salette, delivered in 1846 to little Maximin Giraud and Mélanie Calvat in La Salette-Fallavaux, France.
Though the message includes not a few hope-filled promises of heavenly intervention and even divine protection, it is described as “Our Lady’s Apocalypse” for a reason. It is not for the faint of heart. Nevertheless, it was officially approved by the Church, and the Basilica of Notre-Dame de La Salette was designated as such by Pope Leo XIII. Alas, even this was not enough to prevent La Salette – the message and the seer – from becoming the subject of a brutal campaign of opposition that began almost immediately after the little cowherders had first encountered Our Lady silently weeping in their mountain pasture.
Given that Our Lady of La Salette had come to warn the world against corrupt churchmen who would betray her Son, it is hardly surprising that there was a massive push, initiated by the Modernists, to discredit and bury Our Lady of La Salette.
However, given the startling manner in which Our Lady’s warnings have become our horrific reality today, we decided to stand with Our Lady against her detractors by traveling up into the French Alps after this year’s successful Pilgrimage to Chartres to consecrate ourselves, our families, and our nations to Our Lady of La Salette.
On June 3, 2023, I led some 50 Americans up the mountain in La Salette, where Remnant Tours chaplain, Fr. Anthony Dorsa, led us all in praying the following Act of Consecration, which was written by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano specifically for this occasion. MJM
Act of Consecration and Reparation
to Mary Most Holy, Queen and Mother of the Church
at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of La Salette
O August Queen, Most Holy Mother of God and Mother of the Church, Our Lady, our Hope, Help of Christians, to whose name the hosts of Angels bow down and the infernal hordes withdraw in terror: kneeling at the foot of your throne we invoke You, and we ask You to listen to our prayer
Tormented by the grave apostasy which strikes a mortal blow against humanity and by the crisis which afflicts the members of the Mystical Body of your Son, [in these places blessed by your apparition to Mélanie and Maximin,] we consecrate ourselves, our homeland and the Holy Church to You, so that thanks to Your powerful intercession and by virtue of the merits of Your compassion and co-redemption, You may deign to implore the divine Majesty to spare us from the punishments that loom over the world and over nations.
We offer our nothingness to You, aware that we are completely indebted to Your Divine Son; to you we entrust and consecrate ourselves, our families, and our loved ones, so that every breath of ours, every beat of our heart may be an act of praise to the One who as a provident and most loving Mother has so often admonished and called us to correspond to the infinite Love of our Creator and Redeemer by a virtuous life following the Commandments. Protect us in this terrible battle against the Enemy of the human race, who seems to be unleashed today as never before in order to snatch souls from Heaven whom Jesus Christ has redeemed at the price of His Most Precious Blood.
To you we offer and consecrate our homeland, begging you to implore for it the Peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ. Grant us good and holy rulers, who will govern the nation according to justice and respect for the Law of God. Inspire in them the strength to resist the snares of our enemies, the courage to fight them fiercely, and the humility to place all hope in Our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom all earthly power belongs. Obtain for the United States of America protection and defense from the furious assault of Satan: may Your virginal foot crush the head of the ancient Serpent and thwart the infernal plans of his servants. Hear the prayer of so many good souls and spare America, as you spared the inhabitants of the repentant city of Nineveh.
To You, Queen and Mother of the Church, we consecrate the Spouse of the Immaculate Lamb, and in particular the Hierarchy and the Ministers of Your Son: remove from us the scourges that [here] in La Salette you announced as impending on all of us all because of their infidelity. Confirm in your love the clergy and religious who have remained faithful to your Son, and move to true conversion those who afflict his Most Sacred Heart with their sins, scandals, and sacrileges. Let the Holy City of Rome rediscover the Faith and be a beacon of Truth for all nations, and not – as you have revealed – the seat of the Antichrist. O Mary, our Advocate, offer to the Most Holy Trinity the sacrifices, penance and fasts that so many of your children carry out in union with the Passion of the Lord Jesus. May the voice of the many priests who are persecuted because of their fidelity to the Gospel rise to the throne of God’s Majesty, as well as the voice of the faithful who, thanks to them, are able to feed on the Bread of Angels and sanctify themselves through the Holy Sacraments. May the Graces of which you are the Mediatrix descend upon all of them, upon all of us.
Finally, accept, as reparation for our sins, the sins of the Nations, and the sins of your Son’s Ministers, our humble act of submission, by which we proclaim and acknowledge You as our Queen and Lady, and Your Divine Son, Jesus Christ, Our Lord and King. Preserve us in Your love, accompany us with Your intercession during this earthly exile, and welcome us into the blessed glory of Heaven. And so may it be.
+ Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop
Beatæ Mariæ Virginis Reginæ
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